Professional poker players can be highly influential to those who follow them across various social media channels. The more prominent poker pros use social media to interact with their fans, push messages about poker promotions, and even current affairs.
When PokerStars teamed with the social monitoring tool Followerwonk in July 2014, it was Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu who was deemed the most influential poker player. The Canadian superstar, who tops the all-time money listings for live tournament poker, achieved a Social Score of 78, five more than fellow poker legend Phil Ivey.
PokerStars has published an updated version of what it calls the Social Power Table, which creates a social score based on a user’s activity on Twitter and Facebook, and it reveals Negreanu has lost his crown as the most influential poker pro, having slipped to third in the 2016 table.
Negreanu is still king when it comes to poker pros on Twitter, with his Social Authority weighing in at 82 – his nearest rival in this field is Jason Somerville with 75. The Canadian’s Facebook page looks to be the main reason for his overall social score dropping 10 points to 68. While the number of likes on Negreanu's page increased from 122,000 to 140,000, his "likealyzer" score, which looks at more than 40 signals, plummeted from 70 to 40, placing him 11th in the top 15.
Team PokerStars’ Liv Boeree, who was in third place during 2014, climbs one place to second, but it is the new number one that has vastly improved their social media presence.
France's Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier was ranked ninth in the 2014 standings and has improved both his Twitter and Facebook scores to top the 2016 chart. Grospellier gained 13,600 Twitter followers and added 26,800 likes to his Facebook page since the last update. Whatever he is doing on Facebook is working wonders because his Likealyzer score went from a lowly 44 to a massive 85; Boeree achieved the second-highest Facebook score of 63.
ElkY's social media presence should grow further now that he has joined Team Liquid Esports team, extending his reach further than ever before.
Another top pro, Vanessa Selbst, climbed seven places to fourth thanks to improving her score by 14 points to 66, while Antonio Esfandiari and Jonathan Duhamel lost seven and eight points from their social score and fell seven places each to 13th and 14th on the Social Power Table.
There are handful of new, if familiar, faces in the top 15 on the Social Power Table. Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov (15th) and Chris Moneymaker (12th), along with Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo (6th) and Team PokerStars Online’s Jason Somerville (5th) all make their social tool debuts.
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